Puel leaves Nice
After four years of service, including a qualification for the Europa League clinched in the season just past, Claude Puel is moving on from OGC Nice, to be replaced by Swiss tactician Lucien Favre on a three-year deal.
Despite the fact that it looked like Puel, 54, would put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension last week, OGC Nice have announced that the former Monaco, Lille and Lyon coach is to be replaced by ex-Mönchengladbach boss Lucien Favre, who has signed a three-year deal to head up Les Aiglons' senior team.
A joint statement on the club's official website read as follows:
"We planned to have a meeting once the season was over. We wanted to have cool heads and clear ideas to review the season and talk about the future. At the end of this rich and constructive review, we agreed not to continue our collaboration.
Our history together ends today with the utmost respect. And with the satisfaction of a job well done. We experienced four seasons of intense emotion and together we took great pleasure in developing all aspects of OGC Nice's demanding sporting project.
Thus we are grateful to each other for this excellent personal and sporting adventure, begun together in 2012.
While the page turns, OGC Nice's directors and Claude Puel, in keeping with their ambitions, wish each other all the best for the future."
The OGC Nice board and Claude Puel
After a season in which resurgent superstar Hatem Ben Arfa led Nice to a fourth-placed finish - their equal-best finish since season 1975-76 - and direct Europa League qualification, Puel was in a strong negotiating position but reportedly his demands - a doubled salary and a long-term professional contract for his son, Paulin - were too rich for the Nice board.
Favre will be presented to the press on Wednesday afternoon.